Let’s put mental health first in the second lockdown
As we enter another lockdown to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we know we will all have different feelings about it. You may feel frustrated, angry, sad, anxious, or even relieved. However you feel is valid. But if you’re struggling with your mental health at this time, we’re still here for you.
If you’re a young person, have a look at our page on coronavirus and mental health and text YM to 85258 if you need urgent support. If you’re a parent or carer, we have tips on supporting your young person and our Parents Helpline is still available to offer support. Together we will get through this.
Looking after your mental health at uni
University can be stressful at the best of times, but with the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be even more so this year. If you’re at uni, or know a young person who is, have a look at our new advice for looking after yourself at uni.
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Thank you to everyone who said #HelloYellow
We want to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part in #HelloYellow on 9 October and made the day so special! You helped us show young people across the UK that they’re not alone with their mental health. If you haven’t already paid in the funds you raised on the day, it’s not too late!
> Pay in your donations
Read our new Impact Report
Every year we report on the progress we’ve made and how we’ve achieved what we set out to. Find out what we’ve accomplished in 2019-20 – and what the future holds for YoungMinds.
> Read the report
On the blog this month…
- Supporting your child at university during the COVID-19 pandemic: Three parents share their tips for supporting a child who’s struggling with their mental health at uni during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The grounding technique that helps me when I’m anxious: When we are feeling very anxious, it can help us to have tools or techniques we can use to calm ourselves down. Kerry, 16, shares the grounding technique that helps her when she’s having a panic attack.
- Max from You Me At Six shares how he looks after his mental health: We chatted with Max, guitarist for world-famous band You Me At Six, about how he looks after his mental health, why talking is so important, and the advice he’d give his younger self.
Also this month…
- If you’re a young person, it’s not too late to join our 15 Minute Challenge this November! Get active, get creative or get mindful for your mental health. Sign up now to receive your very own challenge toolkit.
- There are still spaces going in our online Introduction to Participation workshop on 19 November. Sign up now and learn how participation can improve mental health services for children and young people, and how you can integrate participation into your work.
- Want to understand the importance of resilience and how to help build it in the children and young people you work with? Sign up now to our Building Resilience online workshop on 20 November.
At YoungMinds, we’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges